This site is still under construction. Like all my works in process, I welcome your participation in my creation...feel free to say hello.
Durational Performance Archive
Shortest Cleaning Agent Trailer
THE CLEANING AGENT
A multi-disciplinary, site-adaptive live performance and film by Margaret Laurena Kemp with Narrative Score by Jesse Allison, in collaboration with the custodial staff of Louisiana State University. This work explodes the nature of art and divisions of labor as they relate to agency and identity.
A short clip of an endurance performance. Over the course of this 4 1/2 hour performance a ritual of movement unfolds. Composed of the acts of digging, moving earth and dance...questioning the racialized body and authorship. University of California, Davis 2016
Using dance, sound, verbal and non-verbal utterances to question authorship, the racialized body and the politics of space. Performed in the window of Shields Library at UC Davis...overheard voices are from Greg Perotti's B-More Project
Film Experiments Archive
Experiments with sound montage, photo montage, repurposed found , public domain, and original footage. Questioning relationships, authorship and place...
She Who Is
This video represents a test of my idea to explore the stage directions of Adrienne Kennedy as text. The work is conceived and performed by Margaret Laurena Kemp. Collaborator Julie Wyman filmed and edited the project. Currently, I am taking the next step with project and am in pre-production to shoot a flim of 'fugues" that explore all the stage directions in Ms. Kennedy's "The Owl Answers".
Film Experiments Archive
The New Girl
A short film composed of public domain, original and fair use images
When I am invited to perform I always ask 'how can I participate in the community?" In South Africa this is one of the several projects that I became part of....
Creative Instructions Community Engagement South Africa
Work In Process
Here are a few projects I am working on....
Untitled Project Installation and Performance Test
Several ipads are on stands differing heights are placed in a dark projection/gallery space. The glowing ipads appear to float as their black mounts disappear in the darkness of the space. On these devices play my out of sync, DIY versions of Ridley Scott’s 2015 feature film “The Martian”. On the walls of the space are projected live processed and captured sounds, videos and time code.
Untitled Project Involving Dirt
An excerpt of the 4 1/2 hour performance ritual of dance and moving earth...questioning authorship and the racialized body.